Santa Barbara Public Library Offers Expanded Access for Materials and Services

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Source: City of Santa Barbara

The Library’s buildings may not be open, but Santa Barbara Public Library has never truly closed.

Over the last six months, Library staff have creatively adapted in order to offer services during the COVID-19 pandemic. From mailing books during the stay at home order, generously funded by the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation, to continuing to offer Lunch at the Library in partnership with the Foodbank over the summer, the Library has continued to provide critical services. 

By evaluating the needs of the community through public surveys distributed in April and August, the Library has been able to adjust its services and hours of operations. This week, the Library is launching new opportunities to browse for materials and offering expanded pickup times for holds at Sidewalk Service as a result of feedback. 

Sidewalk Service for holds pickup will be available during the following expanded hours. 

Central Library
Wednesdays 10 am – 4 pm
Thursdays 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Fridays 10 am – 4 pm
Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm
 
Eastside Library
Wednesdays 2:30 – 5:30 pm
Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm
 
Montecito Library
Tuesdays 2 pm – 5 pm
Thursdays 10 am – 1 pm
 
Carpinteria Library
Wednesdays 2 pm –  5 pm
Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm

As part of efforts to expand our Sidewalk Service hours to Saturday, the Library is shifting the hours staff are available to answer questions over the phone, through chat service, or reply to email inquiries.

Hours for general reference or account information are now: 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: 

10:00 am - 6:00 pm 

Fridays and Saturdays:

10:00 am - 5:30 pm

Call (805) 962-7653, email [email protected], or chat with us during business hours.

Patrons have also expressed an interest in being able to access the collection for browsing, or get the help they usually would in person in finding materials. Patrons can browse curated collections of new materials and staff favorites in each category according to the schedule. 

Books for Younger Kids
Wednesdays 10 am – noon
We'll have a selection of picture books, early readers, board books, and family movies. 
 
Nonfiction Books for Adults
Wednesdays 2 pm – 4 pm
From biographies to memoirs, cookbooks to gardening guides, we'll have a sampling of new and popular nonfiction. 
 
Books for Older Kids
Thursdays 2 – 4 pm
Keep older kids reading with early chapter books, exciting nonfiction, and middle grade fiction. 
 
Fiction Books for Teens and Adults
Fridays 10 am – noon
 
Books for Younger Kids
Fridays 2 pm – 4 pm
We'll have a selection of picture books, early readers, board books, and family movies. 
 
A Little Bit of Everything
Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm

A rotating selection of staff picks for all ages will be available for browsing. 

Tables of books will be set up near the historic Anapamu doors. Browsing is limited to members of one household at a time, and anyone waiting must remain  in line spaced 6 feet apart. Staff will be able to assist you in finding books or DVDs you are interested in and answer any questions about them. Have your library card number ready, and staff will check out items.

If patrons aren’t able to come to the library to browse, Librarians can curate a personalized reading list using our Book Match service. Fill out a form for requesting materials for adults, or requesting materials for kids and teens

The Library has also resumed printing services, and has Chromebooks available for checkout for those who need computer access

Many of the Library’s programs continue virtually, from book clubs to storytimes. SBPL Works!, the Library’s workforce development program that offers assistance with all aspects of getting a new job, from interview practice to skills classes, has been able to help many local residents find jobs over the last six months. 

If there’s something you need from the Library, don’t hesitate to call. “We are here to help, and continue to prioritize the health and safety of patrons and staff while finding creative solutions to meet community needs,” said Library Director Jessica Cadiente.

Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library online at SBPLibrary.org for information about programs and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.

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RHS Sep 14, 2020 06:14 PM
Santa Barbara Public Library Offers Expanded Access for Materials and Services

Loosecannon, you are well named. What is scandalous is that other places are open and encouraging people to spread COVID in the name of commerce. People are dying in the US at a pace that is the absolute worst in the world. We represent about 4% of the population of earth and nearly 20% of the deaths. Time to button up for a time to break the cycle.

ChemicalSuperFreak Sep 14, 2020 08:05 PM
Santa Barbara Public Library Offers Expanded Access for Materials and Services

RHS is spreading disinformation. As of September 14, 2020, the US is #10 in countries with deaths per million people (598), behind Peru (949), Belgium (868), Bolivia (665), Chile (662), Ecuador (656), Spain (642), UK (630), Brazil (629), and Italy (600). Dear readers, skip the histrionics and look for actual facts if you seek the truth.

dukemunson Sep 14, 2020 10:07 PM
Santa Barbara Public Library Offers Expanded Access for Materials and Services

But we already have opened up... everything is open!! Correction, everything that has a motivation to open is open... it’s just schools, libraries, etc that are closed... places with little to no motivation. If that check keeps coming (and your kids Are in school like teachers and school district administrators) why open??

dukemunson Sep 14, 2020 10:27 PM
Santa Barbara Public Library Offers Expanded Access for Materials and Services

Everything is open though! This isn’t about health or safety... tons of kids are in school, many since June. Restaurants, bars, etc... everything and everyone with a motivation is open... you want your job to stay closed while you get paid, which makes sense! But it’s dishonest... and hypocritical.

dukemunson Sep 15, 2020 11:01 AM
Santa Barbara Public Library Offers Expanded Access for Materials and Services

The kids are out and about...camps, sports, etc... if anything schools would actually be a safer spot Then the current free for all... at least hands would be encouraged to be washed and spacing encouraged. The current situation of everything open except schools (and to a lesser import the library) is not based on science... it’s based on low level gov employees not having the motivation to open. Their lives and paychecks are secure... why exert yourself?

RHS Sep 15, 2020 01:09 PM
Santa Barbara Public Library Offers Expanded Access for Materials and Services

"Among the 45 countries with more than 50,000 COVID-19 cases, the U.S. has the eighth-highest number of deaths per 100,000 people: 47.93 deaths from the coronavirus for every 100,000 Americans. Belgium has the highest per capita death rate: 86.3 deaths per 100,000." OK, we are not the absolute worst in the world. Just among the very worst in industrialized and modern large nations. In the number of cases were are about the worst with maybe India pulling ahead recently. And, of course, we have months to go to make our incompetence even more notable.

Basicinfo805 Sep 14, 2020 07:59 PM
Santa Barbara Public Library Offers Expanded Access for Materials and Services

It's a real bummer that the SB Public Library has been largely ruined by our city officials' allowance for the homeless to occupy it and trash it's surroundings. No way I'd take my kid there even if it were open. What a shame. Used to be a nice library for adults and kids.

a-1600139068 Sep 14, 2020 08:04 PM
Santa Barbara Public Library Offers Expanded Access for Materials and Services

Parks, library, side walk benches, public restrooms, RR tracks, creeks, store front doorways, freeway on and off ramps and the full circuit of the new downtown restaurant mall - all given over to vagrants. To say this is not fair to the rest of us who are the property tax payers is an understatement. To say there is nothing to be done is unacceptable. We need a new city council that tackles this issue, and does not back down.

LooseCannon Sep 14, 2020 09:19 PM
Santa Barbara Public Library Offers Expanded Access for Materials and Services

Yes, BASICINFO805, It is a bummer that people in this area lack compassion for the homeless and mentally ill. They do congregate in the libraries, and the dirty little secret is that the libraries are staffed by older women who have a bad attitude about the general public, including the less fortunate amongst us, but continue to draw their paychecks anyway, public be damned. Open the libraries already!!!

Bird Sep 14, 2020 09:30 PM
Santa Barbara Public Library Offers Expanded Access for Materials and Services

Much of what the library does is online, anyway. I wish the pickup hours were longer, but I think it makes sense to keep the physical building closed until it's certain to be safe. It's a very large space; to keep it clean, regularly, daily, hourly would be a major job --- and that should not be the job of the librarians or the library staff.

LooseCannon Sep 14, 2020 09:36 PM
Santa Barbara Public Library Offers Expanded Access for Materials and Services

BIRD, Cleaning surfaces is basically more or less pointless since COVID is spread through droplets. Masks take care of that. Trader Joe's is open. Home Depot is open. Rite Aid is open. Are you suggesting that libraries are non-essential? Philosophically, I have a big problem with that. People need access to books and information. If everyone, workers and patrons, were required to wear masks, I see no reason why the libraries should remain shuttered. It is a DISGRACE.

LooseCannon Sep 14, 2020 09:58 PM
Santa Barbara Public Library Offers Expanded Access for Materials and Services

Public sector workers (teachers, librarians, others) who refuse to go back to work on the basis of irrational fears, when there are good, scientifically-proven means of avoiding infecting and spreading it ,are at great risk of squandering the goodwill of the taxpayers, who depend upon their services, and may not in the future be quite so inclined to support pay raises and other benefits. A lot of people in the private sector, self-employed and otherwise, are taking it on the chin massively, and we're not unaware of the fact that city employees continue to draw salaries and benefits as if nothing is happening. I, for one, am losing patience, with basic services, like libraries and schools, that remain closed despite the Science.

LooseCannon Sep 14, 2020 10:19 PM
Santa Barbara Public Library Offers Expanded Access for Materials and Services

A-1600146221: If you have documentation to prove that mask-wearing patrons of Trader Joe's, CostCo and your corner pot store are contributing to a massive spread of COVID-19, please provide it. Otherwise, let's open the libraries. And the schools. Following the usual protocols (mask-wearing, social distancing, hand-washing),

I'm all for people congregating to buy weed (not for me these days, alas, too old for that). I think us old farts can browse the shelves in our libraries, wearing masks, without contributing to the chaos.

My politics are way to the left of Biden, BTW.

a-1600146052 Sep 14, 2020 10:00 PM
Santa Barbara Public Library Offers Expanded Access for Materials and Services

I’d like to see the libraries open. Maybe one could make appointments, and show up for a half hour of scheduled browsing. They could allow in a small number of people at a time. It would take a lot of organization, of course, and a system that could manage the reservations. They do have a reservation system to use the computers (in non-covid times), so maybe that could be adapted. Probably not going to happen. But it’s nice to dream.

RHS Sep 15, 2020 09:42 AM
Santa Barbara Public Library Offers Expanded Access for Materials and Services

I can't understand what is said about "lack of communication" as I and my wife have received regular updates and constant email communication about each or our accounts. This includes notices of books unreturned and books ordered as well as information about the opening of various services including pickups at the library and now limited in person browsing at the library as well. I do not think the library is being selective in choosing us to get this info so I wonder about the credibility or industry of those who are complaining.

taz Sep 15, 2020 01:30 AM
Santa Barbara Public Library Offers Expanded Access for Materials and Services

The central library is amazing! Over the last 3 or 4 years it's become ever more integrated in the community, offering great opportunities for learning to multiple interests of kids, adults, seniors. If you haven't been aware of this you might be more impressed than you'd expect. Friends of the Library have been active including mailing items to card-holders during the earlier parts of covid. Other systems have since been initiated for pick-up outside and drop-off of materials, book, movies. Their response has been well organized and very creative. Kudos to the librarians and staff! I truly appreciate their thoughtful response to the covid situation and to how they are serving their clients so well. It's not an obsolete system - it's a dynamic interactive community learning system. I applaud them!

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